Begun in 2006 by Father Desmond Crotty, this small band of samaritans has helped feed thousands on the streets of New Orleans. After Father Desmond's passing, the project was incorporated and named in his honor. It continues to provide fresh and healthy food to the street community every Saturday evening.
Learn more about homelessness in America...
There are a lot of misconceptions about homelessness and the homeless themselves. Please review the information below so you can be informed about the problem, and learn how you can help.
Not all homeless are unemployed! Many people who rely on shelters and public assistance are transient or day laborers who are being paid far below minimum wage. Often making only enough to feed themselves, laborers are too occupied working their day jobs to find more sustainable employment.
There are more homeless families than affordable housing.
Poverty is the undercurrent for the majority of homeless in America. Most have lived in poverty for most of their lives.
A large percentage of youth who are homeless are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered and have experienced violence at home because of it.
Roughly half of all homeless women and children suffered domestic abuse, and chose to remove themselves from the situation than possibly die as a result of it.
While it is assumed that the homeless are in their current situation as a result of alcohol or substance abuse, it is estimated that 38% of the homeless have an alcohol abuse problem, and 26% abuse other substances.
26% of the country's homeless are mentally ill, compared to 6% of the country's general population. This often makes it difficult, if not impossible, to work. Mental illness also strains personal relationships and support systems, and can even make a person unable to seek out or accept help.
People who are already experiencing poverty are in a prime position to become homeless after a major medical issue. Over 50 million people in our country have no health insurance, and while applying for Social Security disability, they must wait anywhere between 6 months and 2 years to finally get approved. This often means that they will become homeless in the interim.
13% of America's homeless are veterans. Even with government assistance from the VA, many cannot afford to maintain permanent housing.
There are many more resources available online to answer questions about homelessness. The more you educate yourself, the more powerful an advocate you become for change. Please visit these websites, and pass the information along.